Etymology 1Edit

Apparently from Yiddish לאַפּע(lape)


lupper (plural luppers)

  1. (Polari, usually in the plural) A finger.
    • 1967, Kenneth Horne, Bona Guest House (Round the Horne), season 3, spoken by Julian (Hugh Paddick):
      Order lau your luppers on the strillers bona.
    • 2015, Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, Putting on the Dish[1], spoken by Maureen (Steve Wickenden), 1:52 from the start:
      What about your luppers? They size ten too?
    • 2015, Howard, Alex, A Hard Woman to Kill (DCI Hanlon Series; 3):
      'I'd be careful where you put your luppers, darling,' said Albert Slater. His right hand was tucked inside the silken folds of the dressing gown. Gun or knife? wondered Hanlon.

Etymology 2Edit

Blend of lunch +‎ supper


lupper (countable and uncountable, plural luppers)

  1. (slang, humorous) A meal or snack eaten between the normal times for lunch and supper.
    • 2004, Rolland E. Stroup, Distilled Lincoln Anecdotes:
      Working a 12:30 pm. to 9:00 pm. work shift raises the question: How can you tell the difference between the meals “linner” and “lupper?” Well, “linner” is closer to the normal lunch hour, and “lupper” is closer to supper.
    • 2012, Naomi Gayle, Landscapes in August, page 168:
      “It's not lunch time or dinner time,” she said. It was almost four o'clock. “Have you eaten lunch?” She shook her head no. “Do you have plans for dinner?” Again. No. “Good. We'll have lupper.” “Lupper?” “Lunch and supper. []
    • 2012, R. M. Singhose, Living the Dream: Harley Woman: Tales from the Open Road, page 200:
      All I wanted to do was get out of my wet clothes, catch a little lupper and get some much-needed rest. In case you don't know what lupper is, it's the same thing as brunch only later in the day. Lunch and supper combined equals lupper.

See alsoEdit